From Prince William and Duchess Kate’s ever-growing family to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s swoon-worthy wedding, the British Royal Family gives us a lot to smile about. The royals haven’t been this popular since the 1980s when the late Princess Diana was dubbed “The People’s Princess.” Yet, if you know anything about the royals — or if you watch Netflix’s The Crown — then you know things haven’t always been pleasant.
From humiliating divorces to illicit affairs, these royal family members faced the wrath of the royal family and the public for their “unsavory” relationships.
1. King Henry VIII
If you’ve seen Showtime’s The Tudors with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII, then you know the king was known for illicit affairs and marriages. King Henry VIII ruled England from 1509 to 1547 and was married six times. Since divorce wasn’t accepted, the king used every measure to get rid of his wives when he found a new love.
He annulled his marriage to first wife, Catherine of Aragon, when he met Anne Boleyn. When Boleyn failed to give him a son after many miscarriages and stillborns, he had her beheaded for “adultery.” By the time Boleyn lost her head, the king was engaged to Jane Seymour. Four more wives — and countless stillborns, deaths, and beheadings — followed.
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